The Political Racket: Deceit, Self-interest, and Corruption in American Politics

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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Social Science - 261 pages
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We blame builders if a home is badly constructed. We blame automakers if a car has to be recalled. But in the case of government, we put the blame everywhere except where it belongs--on the heads of American politicians of both parties, those who make the laws at federal, state, and local levels.
There's no doubt about the mess: high taxes, government waste in multibillions, a weakened middle class, loss of our manufacturing base, trade deficits, corrupt campaign financing, the failure of welfare, and tolerance for corporate high jinks.
The political system that worked so well for America is now structurally broken. And the entrenched political class, with its deceptions, ignorance, and corruption, is the villain. Meanwhile the parties have become trade unions for self-serving professional politicians.
In The Political Racket, Martin L. Gross, bestselling author of The Government Racket: Washington Waste From A to Z and A Call for Revolution: How Washington is Strangling America, puts American politicians under a microscope for the first time and finds them sadly lacking. His Bill of Indictment against our politicians includes the following:
* They lie so often that they seem pathological--yet they continue to fool the voters.
* They raise too much money, and they trade favors with lobbyists and special interests to get that money.
* Most of them are puppets of their parties and do not act independently for the people.
* A streak of moral turpitude too often runs through the political class.
* Their television ads are often masterpieces of lies and distortions.
* Their two-party system is set up to thwart independents and third parties.
* Their egos damage th work, as some of them begin to believe they are bermenschen.
* They refuse to back term limits despite overwhelming public support for citizen-politicians.
* They have become part of the celebrity culture and too often pander to the media.
* They take advantage of weak conflict-of-interest laws to line their own pockets.
In this hard-hitting investigation, renowned journalist and political analyst Martin L. Gross exposes the secret world of American politicians and outlines a plan to totally reform the system and replace the political class with dedicated citizens.

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Gross is a critic of wasteful and corrupt government. He has testified before the U.S. Congress 5 times and has received praise from both sides and from the White House. He has served on the faculty of the New School for Social Research.

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